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When does oyster season in Charleston end?

wallyg Apr 5, 2013 09:00 AM

Headed down there May 1 and hoping to still get some oysters at Bowens, but worried the season is already (or will be by then) over.

Any insight?

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    mollybelle RE: wallyg Apr 5, 2013 10:38 AM

    May 15 is the target date for closing the season,but since its really all about water temp,and we are having a cool spring so for.I'll bet Bob's your uncle!

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      wallyg RE: mollybelle Apr 5, 2013 10:54 AM

      Bob's my uncle?

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        mollybelle RE: wallyg Apr 5, 2013 11:07 AM

        A colorful saying that mean "you're in luck"

    2. LaLa RE: wallyg Apr 6, 2013 05:40 AM

      So far so good...mollybelle is right...the colder temps mean oysters are still delightful...we enjoyed a bushel last night out on the veranda.

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        rl1856 RE: wallyg Apr 13, 2013 02:06 PM

        Typically from October till April. However most locals regard the season as October through March. It is still possible to find good Oysters later in the year, but the odds are against it.

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          wallyg RE: rl1856 Apr 13, 2013 02:38 PM

          so i probably shouldnt expect bowens island to have oysters on may 1?

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            rl1856 RE: wallyg Apr 14, 2013 12:16 PM

            Bowen's Island will have Oysters on May 1. However quality may not be what it was in January or February.

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          BlueHerons RE: wallyg May 14, 2013 07:42 PM

          The rule of thumb is only months with an 'R' in them.

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            Joanie RE: BlueHerons May 16, 2013 10:22 AM

            I thought that rule didn't apply anymore. Or just in the south? I know they're around all the time in Boston.

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              carolinadawg RE: Joanie May 16, 2013 11:41 AM

              The "R" month rule only applies to wild caught oysters, not farm raised, which supplies the majority of oysters. That's why oysters are so widely available throughout year.

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            kengk RE: wallyg May 16, 2013 06:07 AM

            When the local oysters are done for the year do they start serving Apalachicola or other Gulf oysters in Charleston?

            I eat them all summer long. Pretty good to me.

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              JayL RE: kengk May 16, 2013 06:16 PM

              Gulf Oysters are available all year.

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